Dominicans are Five-time U23 Pan American Champions

AGUASCALIENTES, Mexico, August 15, 2021.- Dominican Republic beat Mexico 3-0 (25-20, 25-19, 25-22) in the gold medal match to become five-time U23 Women’s Pan American Champions on Sunday night at Aguascalientes.

Madeline Guillen scored a tournament high of 22 points, on 18 attacks and 4 blocks to help Dominican Republic finish the tournament with perfect mark and retaining their championship for the fifth time, the same number of editions of the event.

Mexican leading scorers were outside hitters Grecia Castro and Atenas Gutierrez with 12 and 11 points respectively

Dominican Republic´s strongest skill was their blocking, subduing Mexico with an impressive 16-9 advantage. Mexico held a one-point advantage in attacks (33-32); both teams scored one ace. Dominicans limited their unforced errors to 18 points in comparison of 26 from the Mexican side.

Camila De La Rosa, Captain of Dominican Republic: “We are really happy and we prepared a lot for this victory, we trained hard and cried. This is a great responsibility because we have dominated this tournament since it was created; we did all we needed to do”.

Grecia Castro, Captain of Mexico: “We weren’t able to be on the top of the podium but we are satisfied because Mexico had never reached a final in this category. We did our best effort, for some of the players it’s their first international experience”.

Wagner Pacheco, Coach of Dominican Republic: “Today’s key was receiving, because I knew the attacking and blocking was going to work, we scored 16 points on blocks and received to 70% efficiency. Our attack prevailed, the unity of the team and the girls played when they really needed to play”.

Luis Alberto León, Coach of Mexico: “We accomplished two objectives, qualifying to Cali and reaching the final match for the first time for Mexico. We had possibilities of winning the gold, we have the team, but the sport experience of Dominican Republic was the difference; added to failing too many serves and our attacking was off tonight”.